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Review - Pelleas & Melisande - Welsh National Opera - Hong Kong Arts Festival 23-3-18

Not all operas or performances are about the singers. The star of the Welsh National Opera’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Hong Kong Arts Festival was its orchestra and conductor Lothar Koenigs who did Claude Debussy’s seamless score proud.

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Review-Smashed-Hong Kong Arts Festival20-3-15

What do you get when you put nine jugglers, 80 apples and a kitchen cupboard full of crockery on a stage? Smashed! The program’s synopsis promised to challenge my perception of contemporary juggling but to be honest, I’m not sure I had one. What the show did provide was an hour of unexpected, unabated entertainment. A sign on the door warned that the show contained ‘loud smashing’ and was not suitable for children under the age of eight.

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Review-Fight Night-Hong Kong Arts Festival1-3-15

I’ve been sceptical of politics and the democratic process since the year I first voted. It was 1979 and swept Mrs Thatcher to power. By the time I came out East in the ‘80s, the UK’s least worst system of ‘first past the post’ democracy - which had delivered ten years of non-majority ‘populism against the people’- seemed more of a charade than the unrepresentative but more economically efficient autocracies of colonial Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Review-The Paper Cinema's Odyssey-Hong Kong Arts Festival1-3-15

The Paper Cinema's performance of the Greek epic poem, Homer's Odyssey, was rather unique. It was actually an animation that could have been easily recorded and packaged into a DVD. But then, that's not the point. The brilliance and pleasure of The Paper Cinema is not only on what one sees or hears on the screen, but actually in witnessing how the animation, music and sound effects is created in realtime. It was like watching the "making of" of a movie while watching the movie itself.

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Review-Lionboy-Hong Kong Arts Festival28-2-15

The trouble with family friendly shows is that often as a parent you are consigned to having to endure patronizing messages wrapped in stories. They're full of plot holes and one dimensional characters, sugar coated with psychedelic colours, blinding colours and chipmunk music. Which makes this pleasant is when people who actually know what children are like, create stories and shows that children will actually like.

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